November 2009

2:30am – Sunday, November 1 on CTV

The film My Super Psycho Sweet 16 tells the story of Madison Penrose (Juliana Guill, Friday the 13th), a spoiled and beautiful high school queen bee, and Skye Rotter (Lauren McKnight, House of Fear), the class outcast whose father Charlie Rotter (Alex Van, We Are Marshall) committed a series of grisly murders a decade before the movie’s events. Madison’s plans for the ultimate birthday bash are ruined when Skye shows up to get closer to Madison’s ex-boyfriend Brigg (Chris Zylka, COUGARTOWN), but things get really psycho when Charlie returns to crash the party too.

12:00am – Sunday, November 1 on CTV

In The Mothman Prophecies, Washington Post journalist John Klein (Richard Gere, Nights in Rodanthe) is distraught by the sudden, tragic death of his wife (Debra Messing, WILL & GRACE) and finds himself mysteriously drawn to a small West Virginia town. He soon learns that many of the town’s residents have been beset by bizarre events, including sightings of an eerie “moth-like” entity, similar to the one seen by his late wife. Investigating further, he becomes obsessed with the idea that this supernatural being can predict impending calamities.

9:00pm – Saturday, October 31 on CTV

In this digitally remastered version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), the 1973 stage musical by Richard O’Brien is presented in High Definition, just in time for Halloween. Borrowing largely from cinema’s horror conventions, the film begins as an innocent young couple, Brad (Barry Bostwick, SPIN CITY) and Janet (Susan Sarandon, Stepmom) is stranded at the home of a mad scientist Dr. Frank-N-Furter, (Tim Curry, Annie) who is building the perfect man. The castle is filled with a most bizarre group of characters who worship their master, the leather jacket and fishnet stocking clad Dr. Frank-N-Furter. The outstanding costuming and makeup, the acting by a group of relative unknowns (at the time) and the memorable songs (“Time Warp”, “Sweet Transvestite”) helped make The Rocky Horror Picture Show one of the most bizarrely entertaining and satisfying musicals ever made.

There are more ways to die than the human mind can imagine. Some are sudden and shocking, others are slow and methodical. But every death, no matter how strange, can be explained – even the most curious and unusual. Premiering exclusively on Discovery HD with four back-to-back episodes on Saturday, October 31 at 9 p.m. ET/PT (then returning to its new time slot beginning Friday, November 6 at 10 p.m. ET/PT), CURIOUS AND UNUSUAL DEATHS explains the science behind the fatal results of a water-drinking competition, an uninterrupted 50-hour online video game and the loss of a toe.

From the bible salesman who is struck by lightning under a cloudless sky, and the pet-lover who falls into a cat dish filled with less than seven centimeters of water, to the bricklayer who is provoked to laugh for 25 minutes straight, CURIOUS AND UNUSUAL DEATHS breaks down these and other seemingly everyday events – all with fatal results.

Whether at home, or on the job, freak accidents can strike at any time. And while death is often unexpected, it’s never unexplainable. From the strange and peculiar to the tragic and grizzly, CURIOUS AND UNUSUAL DEATHS uses scientific theory to explain the most tragic and unlikely outcomes of some of the most common, everyday occurrences.

Canadians can once again do the “Time Warp” this Halloween as CTV resurrects the ultimate rock musical creep spectacle, THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW,  on Saturday, October 31 at 9 p.m. ET (check CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times). Digitally remastered and in high-definition, fans of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW can see this 1975 classic on TV like never before – and continue the tradition of hosting theme parties at home – dressing up as their favourite character, participating in the dialogue, throwing toilet paper, rice and toast in the air, and of course, singing and dancing along to songs such as “Time Warp”! CTV’s Halloween night double feature continues 12:05 a.m. ET with the film THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES.

THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW (1975) is a film phenomenon based on the 1973 stage musical by Richard O’Brien. Borrowing largely from cinema’s horror conventions, the film begins as an innocent young couple, Brad (Barry Bostwick, SPIN CITY) and Janet (Susan Sarandon, Stepmom) is stranded at the home of a mad scientist Dr. Frank-N-Furter, (Tim Curry, Annie) who is building the perfect man. The castle is filled with a most bizarre group of characters who worship their master, the leather jacket and fishnet stocking clad Dr. Frank-N-Furter. The outstanding costuming and makeup, the acting by a group of relative unknowns (at the time) and the memorable songs (“Time Warp”, “Sweet Transvestite”) helped make THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW one of the most bizarrely entertaining and satisfying musicals ever made. Although the original 1975 release was considered a failure, the movie eventually became a cult hit when special midnight showings prompted fans to act rowdy by shouting lines and throwing props at the screen. These screenings spawned a 30 year tradition that escalated to theatre-organized screenings and parties in homes on Halloween night.

In THE MOTHMAN PROPHECIES, Washington Post journalist John Klein (Richard Gere, Nights in Rodanthe) is distraught by the sudden, tragic death of his wife (Debra Messing, WILL & GRACE) and finds himself mysteriously drawn to a small West Virginia town. He soon learns that many of the town’s residents have been beset by bizarre events, including sightings of an eerie “moth-like” entity, similar to the one seen by his late wife. Investigating further, he becomes obsessed with the idea that this supernatural being can predict impending calamities.

Leading up CTV’s special Halloween double feature on October 31, CTV is giving viewers a chance to catch other spooky films, including VAN HELSING (Oct. 22 at 2:06 a.m.); COLD CREEK MANOR (Oct. 23 at 2:06 a.m.); HIDE AND SEEK (Oct. 24 at 12:05 a.m.); DARK WATER (Oct. 29 at 2:06 a.m.); and FEARDOTCOM (Oct. 30 at 2:06 a.m.). All times are ET.

9 p.m. ET – Saturday, October 31 on Space

A group of friends passing through town are stalked and hunted down by a deformed killer with a chainsaw. Stars Jessica Biel.

8:00pm – Saturday, October 31 on /A

Also airs at 9 p.m. AT on /A Atlantic

In the film Fire Starter starring a young Drew Barrymore, a couple who participated in a potent medical experiment gain telekinetic ability and then have a child who is pyrokinetic.

Jay-Z brings along some friends for a special Halloween edition of MUCHONDEMAND. Pharrell Williams and Shea from N.E.R.D, and Jay-Z’s newest protégé Wale join the hip-hop mogul for a special MOD on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 4 p.m. ET.

VJ Sarah Taylor sits down with three generations of hip-hop royalty, talking about everything from music to fashion and how it feels to be the hottest rappers around.

N.E.R.D
World-famous producers and songwriters Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo, over the course of their decade-long career, have changed the course of music. It started with the redefining of hip-hop, the two of them wielding a minimalist, synthesized palette and a limitless imagination to create a sound that was as sophisticated and elegant as it was raw and rhythmic. Since then, Pharrell has gone on to a successful solo career, collaborating with some of the biggest artists including Jay-Z, Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Brittney Spears, Snoop Dogg, Gwen Stefani and Busta Rhymes. N.E.R.D’s latest studio album Seeing Sounds produced such hit singles as “Everyone Nose (All The Girls Standing In The Line For The Bathroom)” and “Spaz.”

WALE
American hip-hop artist Wale first made his mark in 2006, with his song “Dig Dug (Shake It).” Featured as the house band for the 2009 MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS, Wale releases his first full length album, Attention: Deficit, November 10. The album features collaborations with Lady Gaga, Jazmine Sullivan, Gucci Mane, Bun B, Marsha Ambrosious and Pharrell

Saturday, Oct. 31 at 4 p.m. ET

– A special Saturday edition of MUCHONDEMAND welcomes the biggest rapper alive –

This Halloween, the most powerful man in hip-hop makes his second appearance on MUCHONDEMAND. In July 2005, Jay-Z introduced us to relative unknowns Rihanna and Kanye West live on air – an event that caused a second street to be shut down when fans flocked to MuchMusic HQ in downtown Toronto. Since that epic visit, Rihanna and Kanye have become two of the biggest music stars of the decade. Jay-Z makes his triumphant return to MOD on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 4 p.m. ET. The lyrical genius sits down with VJ Sarah Taylor to talk about the success of his latest album Blueprint 3, his rise to fame as a business mogul and what fans can expect next.

As always, viewers are at the centre of the action at MuchMusic, whether in the live audience or from home by asking questions via text, phone, e-mail, and webcam.

The self-proclaimed “best rapper alive,” Jay-Z is one of the most respected and financially successful hip hop artists and entrepreneurs of all time, having sold over 30 million copies of his 15+ albums in the US alone, and winning several Grammy Awards® over the past decade. This hip hop mogul brings the swagger and rhymes that made him famous to MOD, promising to get fans in an “Empire State of Mind”.

Writer Pete Nowalk penned Thursday’s episode of Grey’s Anatomy titled “Give Peace a Chance”. In his entry on Grey Matter, he addressed a lot of plaguing issues that viewers had watching the episode – like why the rather strange Derek voiceover at the beginning of the episode (no problem with it, just found the male voice was different) took place  and why doctors were wearing diapers.

Do surgeons really wear diapers? Well, depends who you ask.

Either way, it wasn’t that big of a leap for us to go diaper. Our doctors are hard core by nature. Combine that with the threat they’re feeling from the Mercy West residents and you can understand while they’ll do anything to win.

As Lexie tells Jackson, if she needs to pee in a diaper to help Derek get through his impossible surgery, she’ll pee in a diaper. Which of course just drove Cristina crazy jealous.

Cristina was a shoe-in to win that pen-in-a-cup contest…but then she choked. Happens to the best of us. That left Owen having to cope with the fact that his girlfriend was fiending to put on a diaper. Admittedly, it’s not the sexiest thing to picture.

But I think it speaks to Owen’s overall good nature that he found a way to be okay with it, even gifting Cristina her very own marathon surgery to cheer her up.

And then, when Derek thwarted that plan, he went as far as to sexily teach Cristina the right way to work the microscope. You gotta admit, the dude’s a pretty awesome boyfriend.

Speaking of awesome boyfriend…  I’m sorry, I mean awesome husband…

Derek Shepherd.

This episode felt different. As you’ve probably noticed, we’re trying to experiment more this season. And that’s probably uncomfortable for some of you. It was for me.

In retrospect I’m really glad we told this story this way. As Derek says in the voiceover, what drew him to surgery was the quiet. The deep, intense, long-ass focus it requires.

And this episode really reflects that. It’s quieter than a typical episode. More single-minded. Derek is our sole focus. And really, what an amazing character to spend an episode with.

Watch Patrick Dempsey on your screen and you can’t help but be struck by how much he says without saying anything. The guy can pretty much give you an entire soliloquy with one look.

That’s a rare talent, and we really wanted to use that to our advantage.

It also seemed like the perfect time to do our Derek-focused episode since we had little time to shoot with Ellen Pompeo (8 1/2 months pregnant at the time we shot this one).

Typically, if Derek’s doing a once-in-a-lifetime surgery, Meredith would be at his side. But since we couldn’t physically do that, we had her be there for him in a different way.

There’s still no sign of Izzie. She’s still god knows where and not telling Alex squat. Which is just harsh. Sure, the guy tried to pretend that he didn’t care whether she’d show up for her IL-2 treatment, but we all know that’s just his way of coping.

Who doesn’t show up for their life-saving IL-2 treatment?

Last but not least, I’d like to applaud Chandra Wilson. She acts, she sings, and now she directs… and sometimes all at the same time. I have a feeling Chandra’s the kind of person that’s good at everything she does. You know the type from high school.